Reform Party (Iceland)

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Liberal Reform Party

Viðreisn
ChairpersonÞorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
Vice-chairpersonÞorsteinn Víglundsson
FounderBenedikt Jóhannesson
Founded24 May 2016
Youth wingUppreisn
IdeologyLiberalism[1]
Economic liberalism[2]
Green liberalism[2]
Pro-Europeanism[3]
Political positionCentre to centre-right[3]
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Nordic affiliationCentre Group
Seats in the Althing
4 / 63
Election symbol
C
Website
www.vidreisn.is

The Liberal Reform Party[4] (Icelandic: Viðreisn) is a liberal political party in Iceland[1][5] that was founded on 24 May 2016 but had existed as a political network since June 2014. It split from the Independence Party, mainly over discontent with its decision not to hold a referendum on joining the European Union and lack of support for free-trade.

The party supports Icelandic EU membership, and reform of farming subsidies and protective excise taxes on foreign produce. It wants public policy to focus on the general interest of society and reduce influence from special interests. Viðreisn is in favor of a publicly financed welfare state.[6] It supports pegging the króna to another currency, such as the Euro, through a currency board as a plan to lower interest rates.[7] Its healthcare policy aims at reducing the patient's share of healthcare costs.[8]

Viðreisn has been assigned the list letter C.[9] It participated in the 2016 elections to the Althing (Icelandic parliament) and won seven seats.[10]

Electoral results[edit]

Election Votes % Seats +/– Position Government
2016 19,870 10.5
7 / 63
Steady 7 Steady 5th Coalition
2017 13,122 6.5
4 / 63
Decrease 3 Decrease 8th Opposition

Party chairman[edit]

Chairperson Period
Benedikt Jóhannesson 2016–2017
Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir 2017–

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2017). "Iceland". Parties and Elections in Europe.
  2. ^ a b The Baltic Sea Region: A Comprehensive Guide: History, Politics, Culture and Economy of a European Role Model. Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag. 15 September 2017. p. 337. ISBN 978-3-8305-1748-1.
  3. ^ a b Jelena Ćirić (27 October 2017). "Icelandic Parliamentary Election 2017: Party Overview". Iceland Review. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Viðreisn". Viðreisn. Retrieved 2016-11-11.
  5. ^ Viðreisn undirbýr framboð - MBL
  6. ^ "Our Core Manifesto". Viðreisn official website. 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  7. ^ Paul Fontaine (October 10, 2016). "Where Do They Want To Take Us? The Platforms Explained". The Reykjavik Grapevine.
  8. ^ Viðreisn - Heilbrigðis- og velferðarmál
  9. ^ Hólmfríður Gísladóttir, E, F, N, O, P, U, X, Y, Æ og Ö, Morgunblaðið (June 7, 2016).
  10. ^ Helgadóttir, Oddný (October 30, 2016). "No, the Pirates didn't win Iceland's elections. Here's what happened instead". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-11-08.

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